Blended education for primary and secondary pupils

Every teacher constructs a unique learning environment for their pupils. Cathy Cavanaugh explores how today’s teachers are successfully blending physical and virtual spaces in ways never before possible

LONG BEFORE THE ADVENT OF SCHOOLS and classrooms, children learned beside their parents, family members, and neighbours while the adults conducted their daily activities. Children had continual opportunities to immediately apply their learning. As education became formalised and standardised it moved from the centre of the community to the separate physical learning space of the school, and took place under the direction of educational specialists. This move happened for a variety of compelling reasons:  

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October 2010